NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Some say there’s no place like home for the holidays. But, unfortunately, some thieves may have the same idea about your home.
However, there are some simple steps people can take to keep their home from becoming a holiday target.
Security expert David Boehm spoke to CBS 2′s Don Dahler about some safety precautions.
“Homeowners should be checking all doors and all their locks on a regular basis to make sure they’re not coming loose,” Boehm said.
Boehm also said when it comes to package delivery, people should always request a signature be required for drop-off.
In addition, Boehm said it’s fine to have a Christmas tree in the window, but warned not to keep anything underneath it that could be visible to thieves.
“They like a sure thing. They want to make sure where they’re going that there will be a bounty for them to receive,” Boehm said.
Security systems can be an effective deterrent, but Ethan Blumenfeld of Advanced Security Systems said many people only use them at night. Blumenfeld said alarm systems should be on 24/7.
“You’re paying for it. It’s really a premium service and it’s another way to protect yourself,” he said.
Blumenfeld also recommended turning the television on when leaving the home.
“It gives the appearance that someone is home,” Blumenfeld said.
Blumenfeld also said people shouldn’t leave packaging or boxes of a new toy or gadget in trash outside the home.
Experts said thieves are patient and may case a home for days or even weeks before striking. With a little extra effort, however, homes can be kept safe and secure for the holidays.
“People don’t take those few extra minutes to look around and make sure their homes are secured. You have to step up and you have to make sure your home is secure,” Blumenfeld said.